Star-studded University of Limerick to oust Belfield boys
Brian Lohan's University of Limerick side were widely tipped as potential winners of the competition given their heavyweight line-up and they have so far lived up to that billing.
Comprehensive wins over NUI Galway and GMIT as well as a battling draw with UCC that dumped the fancied Cork side out of the competition mean they are well placed going into the last eight of the independent.ie sponsored tournament.
Clare pair Tony Kelly (above) and David McInerney didn't play for the Banner last weekend but they should be available today, while Tipperary's John McGrath and Jason Forde are also important cogs in the wheel.
UCD are managed by Tipperary legend Nicky English and the Belfield college are chasing their first title since 2001.
Their cause is hampered significantly by the injury to Wexford star Conor McDonald but they still can look to the likes of his fellow county man Matthew O'Hanlon and Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny).
Defeat to CIT meant they faced an away quarter-final and that could tip things in UL's favour as they bid to reach the weekend of the competition that is being hosted by crosstown rivals Limerick IT.
UL v UCD, UL Grounds, 3.00pm, B Kelly (Westmeath)
Odds: UL 1/4, UCD 10/3, Draw 11/1
Irish Independent Sport Star Awards
Pick our magic sports moment of the year and win a trip for two to London. To view the shortlist and cast your vote click here.